Bunnahabhain 35 yo 1974/2009 (56.6%, Adelphi, 200 bottles) Colour: dark amber. Nose: chocolate, raisins and prunes galore at first nosing, then more typical honey and ripe fruits. Also many notes that sometimes come with first fill sherry, such as leather, coffee, fig liqueur and cocoa, then a little menthol. Excellent. Big rancio after a while, dried mushrooms, leather… With water: more leather, walnut stain and hints of fresh almonds. Mouth (neat): rich, creamy, very sherried but not ‘monstrous’. Cassis jelly, raspberry liqueur, old Armagnac, toffee, becoming just a tad grapey. With water: more spices, the whole getting drier. Bitter chocolate, coffee beans and liquorice. Finish: long, with some fresh fruits (but don’t we get rhubarb?) and once again these faint notes of grape skin or even pips. Comments: we all know that Bunnahabhain goes well with sherry, especially oloroso. This one reminds me a bit of some old officials that were distilled in the 1960s. SGP:461 – 90 points.